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JACKSONIAN Leslie Puckett Imani Khayyam


hen Leslie Puckett began her business, BearCreek Herbals, in 2000, she was at a crossroads in her life. Puckett had just ended her career as a special-education teacher and was trying to figure out what she wanted to do next. Ever since she was 30 years old, she had been researching alternative therapies for her arthritis and used herbs she grew to make products to treat her illness. Eventually, she had more than she could use, and that became one of the inspirations for BearCreek Herbals. “What I found was the products that I was making for myself were great, and they worked, so I wanted to share,” she says. Through BearCreek Herbals, Puckett, who is now 59, makes and sells items such as hot and cold packs for arthritis, and lip balms, lotions and bug repellent. Since October 2014, she has also worked as a manager at Fair Trade Green in Rainbow Plaza, which she says has helped her business grow. The store even carries her items. “(There are) lots of like-minded people looking for alternatives,” she says. “It’s knowing which herbs to use or which oils for the healing properties.” Puckett was born in Ohio, but as a military brat, she moved often. She graduated from the University of Southern Mis-


sissippi with a bachelor’s degree in special education in 1980. She moved to Jackson in 1984 when her husband, Aaron Puckett, who recently passed away, got a job at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Leslie Puckett taught special-education students for 13 years in schools such as Lanier High School and Terry High School. But after a while, she says it wore her down. “I loved the kids, but I hated the paperwork and administration,” she says. She worked for Belhaven Bookstore before her friend Karen Parker, then-manager at Fair Trade, asked her to take over the position. Puckett says she likes introducing people to the concept of Fair Trade, an initiative that helps producers in developing countries create better trading conditions and promote sustainability. The movement focuses on aspects such as higher wages and better working conditions for producers. Puckett says Fair Trade Green buys from about two dozen certified companies. “We have the opportunity to provide (workers with) a decent living, to help raise their standards, to help educate their children, and help them cover medical and whatnot without physically being there,” Puckett says. For more information on BearCreek Herbals, call 601-238-6969. —Amber Helsel

cover illustration by Amber Helsel

6 ............................ Talks 14 ................... editorial 15 ...................... opinion 18 ............ Cover Story 20 .Holiday Gift Guide 22 ........... food & Drink 24 ......................... 8 Days 25 ........................ Events 25 ....................... sports

12 What Jackson Needs from State

Hinds County lawmakers responded to community organizers’ legislative concerns for the upcoming session.

15 America Post-Election

“The saddest news from (Nov. 8) … is that working folks likely will still be looking for a leader four years from now, a leader who truly wants to help, and this time means it from the bottom of his or her heart.” —Joe Atkins, “Why Hillary Clinton Lost”

26 .......................... music 26 ........ music listings 28 ...................... Puzzles 29 ......................... astro 29 ............... Classifieds

26 A Love, A Hobby, A Record Convention

Read about the Central Mississippi Record Convention before this year’s event on Dec. 3.

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4 ............ Editor’s Note

Jay Ferchaud; courtesy Joe Atkins; Arielle Dreher

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by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief

I’m a Patriot, Not a ‘Libtard’


Republican friend from Mississippi State, whom I haven’t seen in decades, wrote on my Facebook page recently that he reads my work, and he actually finds me quite conservative in some ways. He hoped that characterization didn’t offend me. It didn’t. My friend’s comment was under one of the “libtard”-type insults that many socalled conservatives use when one dares question President-elect Donald Trump. My old friend is right. I am conservative, at least in the purest definition of the word, although not in the dumb, binary way it’s used in today’s politics. I honestly don’t believe in too much government, and I get frustrated as hell at the inefficiency and poor work ethics of much government bureaucracy, whether Democrats or Republicans are running it. I do believe in the social contract, however, and I know that the purest use of a shared government is to help citizens get to the point of self-sufficiency, especially when the government historically kept certain families from attaining opportunity. Stronger citizens build a stronger, safer nation. I even supported Bill Clinton’s impeachment back during Lewinsky times. Many Democrats and left-wingers believed I was a traitor for saying out loud that had a Republican done the same thing—with an intern at the office—folks on the left would have roasted him, and rightfully. (There weren’t many politicians left of Clintons then promising free tuition and puppies in exchange for votes. They were the lefties.) I’m not a sexual moralist—people have the right to make their own choices about who to love—but I do believe in honesty and integrity in public office. I’ve covered enough corruption to know that

it often starts with liars and cheaters who don’t want their affairs and true proclivities exposed. I am conservative enough to believe that if someone betrays those they supposedly love the most, none of us can trust them. It’s why I won’t endorse candidates if I have good evidence that they are philanderers. Philanderers tend to worry about philandering, and not getting caught, more than anything else. That’s not leadership. Besides, they are easy to blackmail.

That’s not good government; that’s greedy, selffocused tyranny. Thus, the corruption problem. I’m the most conservative when it comes to the “with liberty and justice part for all.” One of the greatest dangers of any government is when a certain group of selfanointed people decides the Constitution belongs to them, and to protect their speech or protests over someone else’s, or their religious beliefs, or their personal choices. There is absolutely nothing “conservative” or small-government about using elected officials as your personal belief police. Trump kicked protesters out of his rallies, egging on his supporters to rough them up. Trump has tweeted furiously about peaceful protests of the decidedly un-conservative ways he wants to use the federal government to afflict certain groups while comforting others. That part reminds

me of the narcissistic Mayor Frank Melton running around Jackson trying to keep some young men— “Frank’s boys”—out of jail, while doing his damnedest to lock up others for the same or lesser crimes. That’s not good government; that’s greedy, self-focused tyranny. By the same token, Trump sends the message to all his followers that their speech and beliefs that matter over others’. Real American conservatives (and liberals) know that the U.S. Constitution is there to keep government from impinging the speech most offensive to us; we don’t really need it to protect that of people who believe alike. It also protects the right to talk back to speech that offends me, you or Trump, which is not censorship or some sort of war on “political correctness”; it is protected expression, and must be in order for this to be a free nation. Donald Trump tweeted this week that people who burn the American flag should go to jail or lose their citizenship, meaning I guess they would be deported. I thought of all the Trump followers who have left angry comments on the JFP website (jfp. ms/confeds) defending the Confederate flag, saying how disgusting the American flag is, too. What if they burned one to make a point about their flag? Deported? Look, I can’t ever imagine burning the flag. But as the U.S. Supreme Court wisely affirmed years ago, Americans have the right to burn a piece of cloth to show their disenchantment with the government it represents. The fact that we can do that should we please (and as long as we’re not doing it in a violent way) actually honors those in my family, such as my stepdad who served in Korea and Vietnam, who were willing to fight to the death for the rights that make us different

from the nations many love to hate. I’m also conservative about giving police carte blanche to use too much force. It is not American, at all, to profile people in order to catch a few bad guys with a wide net based on someone’s skin color or ZIP code. People aren’t Skittles. And it is not American to allow police, or any authority, to barge into our homes on scant suspicion or not have limits on how they can investigate crimes, or to protect the bad cops from prosecution. It is sure not an act of patriotism to tell police they have to leave the beat and go round up people of the religion that is least in favor in this generation, or to become a deportation force for hardworking people who are here to join our proud tradition of immigrants chasing the American dream and fleeing oppression. Many of our ancestors, at least white ones, came to the New World to escape religious oppression—often Catholics vs. Protestants, Protestants vs. Mennonites, Christian vs. Christian. In England, Catholics hid visiting priests in a secret “priest hole” should the authorities show up. It’s too easy to call America a “Christian nation” now to justify any sort of treatment of the perceived “other.” It’s also easy to dismiss Democrats as “libtards” or claim that being Republican means you must hate all Muslims, Jews and Mexicans. I adhor party labels, and I vote and endorse people and promises over party. But now that a would-be dictator now controls the GOP and so-called conservatism in the U.S., the choices will be scant in upcoming years. We patriots, liberal or conservative, must claim our territory and stand up for American ideals. Much is on the line.

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Amber Helsel

Dustin Cardon

Sierra Mannie

Tim Summers Jr.

Arielle Dreher

Imani Khayyam

Tyler Edwards

Kimberly Griffin

Assistant Editor Amber Helsel’s alter ego is Umaru Doma. Some call her the Demon Lady of Food (not really, but she wouldn’t object to it). Email story ideas to She contributed to the cover package.

Web Editor Dustin Cardon is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. He enjoys reading fantasy novels and wants to write them himself one day. He contributed to the cover package.

Education Reporting Fellow Sierra Mannie is a University of Mississippi whose opinions of the Ancient Greeks can’t be trusted nearly as much as her opinions of Beyoncé. She wrote about peer mediation in Jackson Public Schools.

City Reporter Tim Summers Jr. enjoys loud live music, teaching his cat to fetch, long city council meetings and FOIA requests. Send him story ideas at He wrote about Jackson’s debt to HUD and parking.

News Reporter Arielle Dreher is working on finding some new hobbies and adopting an otter from the Jackson Zoo. Email her story ideas at arielle@jacksonfreepress. com. She wrote about the 5th Circuit appeal for HB 1523.

Staff Photographer Imani Khayyam is an art lover and a native of Jackson. He loves to be behind the camera and capture the true essence of his subjects. He took photos for the issue.

Events Editor Tyler Edwards loves film, TV and all things pop culture. He’s a Jackson native and will gladly debate the social politics of comic books. Send events to events@jacksonfreepress. com. He edited JFP Events.

Advertising Director Kimberly Griffin is a fitness buff and foodie who loves chocolate and her mama. She’s also Michelle Obama’s super secret BFF, which explains the Secret Service detail.


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“I think there are still some questions that I need answered before I feel comfortable voting on this issue.” — Ward 2 Councilman Melvin Priester, on Jackson’s new proposed parking-meter contract

Wednesday, November 23 Scott Roeder, who seven years ago ambushed and fatally shot abortion doctor George Tiller, is given a more lenient sentence of at least 25 years in prison compared to 50 years previously.

Friday, November 25 U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel rules Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof competent to stand trial on federal hate-crime charges. ... Green Party candidate Jill Stein requests election recounts for Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

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Saturday, November 26 Trump advisers say that the Cuban government must move toward enacting greater freedoms for its people and giving Americans something in return if it wants to keep warm U.S. relations. ... Standing Rock Sioux tribal leader Dave Archambault and other Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters refuse to follow a government directive to leave federal land where they have camped for months.


Sunday, November 27 Donald Trump claims, without evidence, that millions of people voted illegally in the election he won as part of his angry response to a recount effort led by the Green Party and joined by Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Monday, November 28 The Obama administration issues new rules giving states more time to identify failing schools as part of an effort to support troubled public schools and students who are struggling. Tuesday, November 29 A coalition and state leaders announce a statewide reading initiative to improve third-grade reading levels. Get breaking news at

What’s Up with House Bill 1523? by Arielle Dreher


n the language of people who refuse to fight in wars like Vietnam, Mississippians should have “conscientious objector” status if they do not want to recognize LGBT citizens’ right to get married, Gov. Phil Bryant is arguing in a federal appeal to help House Bill 1523 become law in the state. A federal judge ruled the law, which the state Legislature passed and Bryant signed, unconstitutional late June 30, right before it was set to go into affect. The law, in part, could trump the decisions of the city of Jackson to updated its anti-discrimination ordinance that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Bryant and John Davis, the executive director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services, filed a 421-page formal appeal brief on Oct. 26. It prompted a group of states, the Foundation for Moral Law, the Christian Legal Society and the North Carolina Values Coalition to add their support for the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act.” HB1523 would allow circuit clerks to recuse themselves from issuing same-sex marriage licenses (among several other provisions) if it violates their “sincerely held religious belief” that “marriage is or should be recognized as the union between one man and one woman.” Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma and South Carolina,

Gov. Phil Bryant (pictured) and John Davis, the executive director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services, appealed the U.S. District Court’s ruling to strike down House Bill 1523.

Utah and the governor of Maine filed a brief in support of House Bill 1523, arguing that the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges that samesex marriage is a constitutional right does not prevent states from protecting religious adherents who disagree with the practice. “Obergefell held that the Constitution does not allow government to prohibit same-sex marriage. But it simultaneously explained that the free-expression and freeexercise rights of religious adherents who disagree with same-sex marriage must be ‘given proper protection,’” the states’ brief argues in support of HB 1523.

Fashiona-Bull by Micah Smith


ith the number of local boutiques and shops in Jackson, all manner of clothes and accessories are right around the corner. What locals don’t have is flawless advice on how to get the city’s best—or worst—styles. Here are a few ideas to attempt.

The “Too Hot for Winter”—It’s the perfect time to try those warm outfits you bought last year when you said, “Well, it’s bound to be cold enough next winter.” The Yarber—Capture the suaveness of a

mayoral James Bond by cutting your favorite clothes into tiny bowtie strips. The “I Had a Gift Card”—You might as well put that Belk card you got two Christmases ago out of its misery.

Imani Khayyam File Photo

Thursday, November 24 Authorities deploy more than 3,000 police officers, sand-filled dump trucks and bomb-sniffing dogs to protect the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan as a precaution in the wake of the July cargo truck attack in Nice, France.

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“States and the federal government have a long history of protecting individual freedom by creating opt-out rights for conscientious objectors to certain conduct. And Mississippi enacted this particular law against the backdrop of other governments punishing their citizens for declining to channel their personal expressive activity as those governments commanded.” Those “other governments” are primarily in blue states, like Washington state, that have passed laws in the other direction, outlawing discrimination against people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, prompting lawsuits

The Googler—Congratulations! You’re pretty sure you figured out what “on fleek” means, and you’re just as sure you have an outfit that proves you’re it. The Pothole Professor—Potholes wearing down your rims? Try wearing thickrimmed glasses. You can look cute and brainy while you call for Chane. The Low Body Heat—Winter is here. I mean, it’s 75 degrees outside, but to anyone rocking this style, it might as well be absolute zero. Wear layers—and layers on top of those layers—and brace for impact.

“In the Bible, as I understand it, there are only three institutions that God creates: marriage, the church and government.” — House Speaker Philip Gunn addressing the Working Together Jackson luncheon last week

“In concert with trying to move downtown development, we are certainly interested in that project moving forward.” — Marshand Crisler, City of Jackson deputy CAO, on the city and JRA working together to revitalize Farish Street

JPS Students Avoid Conflict with Peer Mediation by Sierra Mannie


from supposedly aggrieved business owners who do not want to sell flowers to gay couples or make cakes for gay weddings. Targeting Local Control While Mississippi could pass such a law making it illegal to discriminate against someone based on sexual orientation or gender identity, it is far from likely, Beth Orlansky, one of the lawyers for plaintiffs in the Barber v. Bryant case that helped get the state law halted, told the Jackson Free Press. “A state that passes 1523 is extremely unlikely to pass a law the way that Washington state has gone,” Orlansky said. In fact, HB 1523 signals exactly the opposite, taking the opposite stance of several U.S. cities’ recent anti-discrimination

ordinances. Cities are allowed to introduce anti-discrimination resolutions or ordinances, the difference is legal recourse for discrimination. In Mississippi, only one city has such an ordinance: Jackson. Earlier this year, the City of Jackson updated its unlawful discrimination ordinance by adding “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to their list of protected categories. If a specific part of House Bill 1523 becomes law, however, state law would overrule the anti-discrimination ordinance, Orlansky said. A section of House Bill 1523 says, “This act also applies to, and in cases of conflict supersedes, any ordinance, rule, regulation, order, opinion, decision, practice or other exercise of the state government’s authority that impinges upon the

free exercise of religious beliefs or moral convictions protected by this act.” This is exactly what happened in Charlotte, N.C., earlier this year when its General Assembly passed House Bill 2. Accommodations Argument The crux of Bryant’s argument, Orlansky says, is that HB 1523 creates an accommodation for people whose religious beliefs are at odds with the Obergefell decision. Orlansky said the plaintiffs’ (her clients) argument is that HB 1523 goes farther than accommodation: that the bill prefers certain religious beliefs over other religious beliefs. “Our argument is that it’s not an accommodation, it’s a preference and giving them certain rights (above others),” Orlansky said.

Once the plaintiffs file responses with the 5th Circuit on Dec. 16, a three-judge panel will review the briefs and could either rule or hold a hearing. “I think particularly because all these other states have weighed in, we might have a hearing,” Orlansky said. Plaintiffs in the original lawsuits have asked for an extension of time and will not file their response to Bryant’s brief until Dec. 16. When that will be is unclear, and it could be months down the road. This story has been shortened due to space; read the full version online, including HB 1523’s effect on transgender laws. Email state reporter Arielle Dreher at arielle@jack For more stories about House Bill 1523, visit

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arly in the morning of Oct. 21 at Whitten Preparatory program called Talk About the Problems, or T.A.P., which institute took the T.A.P. approach to more schools. Middle School, students yawned and fidgeted in their in partnership with the Jackson-based Institute of Southern “When I heard here was going to be a program in my stiff, wooden seats, clutching their hoodies and jack- Jewish Life, trains students to be mediators so they can help school where I heard the students could mediate between ets. It was National Day Against Gun Violence, and their classmates come to a peaceful resolution to their issues. students and there’s no adult involvement that really (made the students had already sat through an assembly in me think) ‘now we can solve our own problems in the auditorium earlier that week on the same topic. a peaceful way,’” Madison said. That morning, they listened as someone read He says the perception of JPS students not a pledge they were supposed to echo: “I will never being able to resolve conflict peacefully depends use a gun to settle a personal problem or dispute. on the student, and that T.A.P. works best when I will use my influence with friends to keep them both parties are on board for mediation. from using guns to settle disputes.” Despite skepticism, more students par The school’s push to talk about gun violence ticipated in T.A.P. at Blackburn when they comes at a time when research shows overall steadisaw how it helped their friends, Madison said. ly decreasing gun-violence rates, but an uncomfort It especially helped people who might not ably high rate for young black men, who are the want to fight, just conditioned that way as a demost victimized by it. Gun violence inordinately fense mechanism, he added. Madison grew up in affects adolescents of color, especially black males, west Jackson, an area stereotyped as particularly at 94.1 deaths per 100,000 population, according rough in an already-impoverished city, where some to the Centers for Disease Control. of his peers had to deal with trauma on a day-to Nationwide, homicide is the leading cause of Dave Miller, director of community engagement at the Goldring/ day basis, in addition to going to school. death for black males aged 15 to 19. “That’s why it was so easy for them to resort Woldenburg Institute of Southern Jewish Life, says peer Violence accounts for the lowest number mediation helps many Jackson middle- and high-school students to arguing or causing a disruption in class,” he said. of school-discipline referrals in Jackson Public solve their problems and avoid violence. “Some of them reacted off of instinct, but they Schools. Still, a 2015 Capital City Crime report knew deep down inside there was an alternate way. found that “defiance” and “non-compliance” are common The T.A.P. program recruits and trains students to So it helped tap into that alternate method of reinforcing complaints from teachers and, if unchecked, can esca- be mediators and de-escalate conflicts, like gossiping or positive behavior.” late into more serious conflicts, like fighting. misunderstandings. Experts say peer mediation can “substantially change Whitten Preparatory, a mostly black middle school, is Twenty-year-old Cargin Madison helped spearhead how students approach and settle conflicts.” A report by one of four schools in Jackson that are trying to combat the T.A.P. program when he was a seventh grader at Black- the federally funded Safe and Responsive Schools Project, disciplinary issues and keep violence low by using peer me- burn Middle School in west Jackson, where the program more MEDIATION, see page8 diation. The school began participating in a peer-mediation started in 2009. Madison says he was excited when the


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JRA, City at Odds Over $1.5 Million Bill for Farish Street by Tim Summers Jr.


the City to fulfill a “national objective” defined then as providing jobs to low-income residents, a letter HUD sent in 2014 shows. The City then asked JRA to find developers and guide the project to fruition. In 2002, JRA chose Performa, a com-

Jackson’s Deputy CAO Marshand Crisler told the Jackson Redevelopment Authority board of commissioners that the City would own the property if it paid back the $1.5 million owed to HUD for a failed Farish Street development

pany known for its development of Beale Street in Memphis, to manage the development. But after years of stagnation, local lawyer-turned-developer David Watkins formed a group of investors who bought the rights to work on the project, called the Farish Street Entertainment District, dur-

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ing the 2008 recession. Difficulties followed, though, including revelations that the Farish properties required significant investment to fix structural and sewage issues as well as investigations into Watkins’ use of bonding money Tim Summers, Jr.

omebody has to pay back $1.5 million to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development since the Farish Street project stalled in 2014, but it is unclear whether the City of Jackson or the Jackson Redevelopment Authority must foot the bill. The City’s Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Marshand Crisler told the Jackson Redevelopment Authority commission on Nov. 16 that HUD had sent letters to the City and Jackson’s economic-development representative, Jason Goree, explaining that a federal moratorium on development of the properties on the historically black Farish Street would end soon. The JRA is a quasi-governmental entity designed to encourage development across the city through federal grants, agreements, and long-term financing based on its independent credit rating and bonding ability. Crisler, a former city councilman, now serves as the City administration’s chief executive since CAO Gus McCoy stepped down a few months ago. Crisler said the City expected JRA to pay back the $1.5 million that fell through the cracks during the aborted plans to develop the historic Farish Street district in 2014. The City of Jackson and JRA purchased the property on Farish Street bounded by Amite, Mill, Hamilton and Lamar Streets in 1997 with the money, which HUD gave

a nonprofit aimed at keeping schools safe, found that students involved in peer mediation were more likely to find a satisfactory resolution to their conflicts, and feel that their interests had been served. In one middle school highlighted in the report, 83 percent of students trained in peer mediation reported “winwin” settlements, while 86 percent of untrained controls reported that conflicts resulted in a “win-lose” outcome. Peer mediation can do more than just solve conflicts. Data show that peer-meditation programs, when implemented with fidelity, can help interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline. ‘Repair the World’ For the Goldring/Woldenburg Institute of Southern Jewish Life, the T.A.P. program is a way of giving back to the community. Dave Miller, director of community engagement, uses the Hebrew phrase “tikkun olam” when he speaks about the importance of community involvement. “It means to repair the world,” he told the Jackson

in other projects, causing the project to stop mid-construction. HUD then decided in 2014 that the City of Jackson failed to provide for the “national objective,” demanding the $1.5 million back. JRA Chairman McKinley Alexander said commissioners believe the City is liable

Free Press in an interview. “Not in a way that we felt the community had a problem that we needed to fix. But we met with community members and stakeholders and asked what they wanted, and we worked to fulfill that need.” From there, the mediation program was born. The institute began the T.A.P. program in 2009 under direction of Malkie Schwartz, prior community engagement director and a lawyer trained in mediation skills. Blackburn Middle School spearheaded the process. Students go to structured peer-mediation training, where they learn to be neutral and keep their peers’ business confidential. After they complete training, students graduate from T.A.P., and a judge swears them in as mediators. From there, their classmates can request mediation for what Miller calls “low-level” conflicts, like gossiping or misunderstandings. Mediation is completely student-facilitated, though counselors are within earshot and within view; students generally feel better able to open up this way, Miller said. Miller said that the rate of attrition in JPS of school leadership makes it hard to track how T.A.P. specifically impacts suspension rates. But, he says, anecdotes from students, faculty and staff reveal a positive reaction to the program, which has expanded past Mississippi into other

for returning the money. “That culpability, $1.5 million that you are attributing to JRA, we don’t know where that came from,” Alexander said to Crisler. “Certainly at this point in time, we don’t accept that as being something that is in our domain.” Legal Quagmires The entertainment district sat unfinished since 2014 as JRA, Watkins and HUD discussed how they could resolve the matter, mostly through legal means. JRA’s attorney, Penny Stimley-Brown, told the board last week that the legal battle ended a few weeks ago with the end of post-trial briefs. She expects Hind County Chancery Court Judge Dewayne Thomas to hand down a final verdict soon. “The only matter still active is on the liens in connection with Farish Street. The trial has completed on that, and we are simply waiting on all post-trial matters to be resolved and for a ruling from the court,” Stimley-Brown said. As the parties wait on the judge’s decision, JRA has asked the City for permission to move forward with issuing new request for proposals, or RFPs, for future development of Farish Street. “I thought I would have a letter to address formally about the matter that y’all more FARISH see page 10

states. JPS says T.A.P. “enhances child and family security by making schools safer for students” and that the program furthers the district’s goals to support positive behavior interventions with its PBIS system as well. Madison says T.A.P. not only looks good on his résumé—he is a certified mediator—but also that it helps him in his day-to-day life. “I learned how to have an adult conversation at an early age because of T.A.P. mediation. I don’t run to guns or in someone’s face. I know how to talk about my feelings,” he told the Jackson Free Press. One of the most important impacts, Madison says, is that mediation centers on the fact that the students who do it are just people. And people can change and grow. “People put us all in a group and put a big rubber band around us and say we’re all going to be like this, but there is room to rise,” he said. “Our starting place is not always going to be our finishing place. Just because I start off shaky doesn’t mean I’m not going to finish strong. … They might have built a prison bed off of me. But I’m standing here to say you funded that prison bed for nothing. You could’ve put that money toward my education,” he said. Read related stories at


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Privatized Meters Forgoing Long-term Profit by Tim Summers Jr.


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he City of Jackson could lose a and the City, is whether forfeiting future free, and the police department’s traffic chunk of future earnings from municipal court fines and parking-meter ticket division, usually two officers, has reparking meters and municipal revenue is worth the monthly payment cently been operating on a reduced staff of fines in exchange for a steady, Hudson offers. one. The City paid $53,256 for those two smaller burst of revenue for the next 10 officers in the last year. years if it signs a contract with a private Doubling Meters Costs “This part of our city is not operatSt. Louis, Mo., firm to maintain and op- Smash estimated that Jackson has ing right now,” Ward 7 Councilwoman erate its parking meter and finMargaret Barrett-Simon said ing operations. about the parking division, The City’s public-works adding that if it was a matter director, Jarriot Smash, told of lost revenue, “that’s apples the council on Nov. 15 that the and oranges because we don’t administration cannot handle have any revenue right now.” growth or renovation of the The estimated revenue system internally. for the meters for the City “Our staff is working hovers around $2 million per with antiquated meters, as you year but only if the parking know, and we don’t have a full spots are completely full for staff of people,” Smash said. the entire day. “This gives us the opportunity In a memo from the to expand that significantly.” public works department for The deal with Hudthe Oct. 18 meeting, when the son and Associates outlines a administration first presented complete privatization of the the proposal, Smash and his parking services, including: department reported that the installation of new meters for City receives around $180,000 Jackson City Councilman Melvin Priester Jr. says he $1.4 million, collection from is unsure about the proposed 10-year privatization a year in revenue from the parkthe meters, maintenance of contract with a Missouri company to update and run ing meters with about $80,000 the meters, enforcement of Jackson’s municipal parking-meter program. in overhead attributed to “labor parking ordinances including and supplies.” deploying “boots,” and collec The City also generates tion of past due fines. A municipal judge 1,000 meters, concentrated in the down- revenue from the meters in the form of would still handle any arbitration of the town area. At the moment, parkers must fines for expired meters and other parkviolations, but the public-works depart- pay 50 cents an hour, but that would go up ing violations. The City’s memo states ment provided the council documenta- to a dollar under the new plan. The meters that the Municipal Court reported revtion stating that Hudson volunteered to run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, enue of $106,105 for 2015. Add that to operate its own appeal system as well. assuming that the City does not offer its the revenue from the parking meters, and The question then, for the council policies in the near future. Weekends are the program takes in a total of $340,108

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have been inquiring about, in terms of the RFP for Farish Street,” Crisler said. The acting CAO said that he thought City Attorney Monica Joiner had sent a letter to JRA about the issue. On Nov. 29, a JRA representative said she had not seen any letters enter the office from the City. The city attorney could not be immediately reached. The Jackson Free Press has filed a publicrecords request for the letter. Crisler summarized the message from HUD. saying it had relaxed its restriction on the development, including clearing Goree of any conflicts of interest. Goree , a 10 developer, was previously a partner in Wat-

kins Development and still works for the City in economic development. “I understand that Mr. Goree has received a letter clearing him of that action,” Crisler said. “It is also my understanding that JRA has not yet received a letter. Until that letter is received, it would be difficult for the City to say that you can act on that particular matter.” Who Will Pay? Crisler told the JRA board of commissioners that the City would own the property if it paid the outstanding bill owed to HUD in relation to the Farish Street development. “The other thing that I am understanding (is) there is a requirement by

HUD that we, and by that I mean the Jackson Redevelopment Authority, pay back the $1.5 million owed. I don’t know if that is the case or not,” Crisler said. “The City of Jackson, I think, has taken the position to be prepared to pay it in three years, which would be $500,000 a year, if the property is returned to the City of Jackson.” Crisler said that although the City and JRA are separate, they could work together to upend the stymied Farish Street revitalization. While the mayor appoints the JRA’s board members, the City does not have any authority over the organization. “In concert with trying to move downtown development, we are certainly interested in that project moving forward only under the guise and under the direc-

in revenue from activities associated with the meters. Subtract from that amount the City spends on its two officers and the estimated maintenance a year, a combined annual $133,256, and the total estimated “profit” for the City for a year based on the provided numbers is around $206,852. That means that in fiscal-year 2011, the City walked away with approximately $230,000, with revenue from meters alone at $199,228, before costs. The New Deal First, and most attractive to the City in such budget-tightening times, Hudson and Associates would replace all the outdated, coin-based meters with modern, digital currency-capable machines. That would open up more revenue-capturing streams for the company to recoup its $1.4 million that it claims the upgrade would cost. Then, for the length of the 10year contract, Hudson would take over the full parking-services operation, except that challenges would still go to the municipal court for arbitration. In exchange, Hudson will collect all the revenue each month, sending the City a check for $20,834 per month, no matter how much revenue it pulls in. At the end of the year, Hudson would determine its annual revenue and, if it exceeds a percentage scale for that year, send the City a larger chunk of cash. more METERS see page 12

tion of HUD and certainly nothing that would put us at odds with them again,” Crisler told the JRA board. Crisler said that if the City paid that amount, then they would expect to own the 17 properties that make up the former entertainment district. “We have to pay it back,” Ward 2 Councilman Melvin Priester Jr. said during a Nov. 28 interview, stating that because the City received the money before passing the property to JRA. He said he was not sure how much but that he believed Jackson had already paid some of the amount back. HUD representatives did not return requests for comment by press time. Read more about past Farish Street problems at




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In this way, the new plan is a gamble: The City estimates the company can pull in more than the annual combined total for municipal court fines and parking revenue than the City has in the past. And in exchange, Jackson does not have to put up the $1.4 million to renovate the system’s physical infrastructure—the meters. For some perspective, without adding in expenditures, Hudson would have to bring in $1,250,000 in revenue to meet the minimum amount it owes the City in the first year, $625,000 if split between the two sources. “There is a significant amount of risk that (Hudson) or anyone that undertakes this for the city would have to face,” Smash said. Cory Elliot, vice president of business development for Hudson and Associates, said during a Nov. 28 phone conversation that she could not give any statements on the project, but pointed to work the company did with St. Louis and its parking-meter program. She also said Hudson considered the changes that Oxford made to its system in the last several years. The town installed meters that can take card payments. The city council tabled the proposal at its regular meeting on Nov. 29, but Ward 2 Councilman Melvin Priester Jr. said during an interview the day before that he was still unsure about the deal on the table. “I think there are still some questions that I need answered before I feel comfortable voting on this issue,” Priester said. “It’s important to make sure that the City is protected, the numbers are right, and that we will have a good operator.” “We are trying to make sure we don’t leave money on the table, but at the same time if there is not the leadership internally to operate the program as it should be, then we have no choice but to turn to the private sector,” Priester said. He added that the term of the contract and the possible depreciation of the meters that Hudson would install concerned him. Email city reporter Tim Summers Jr. at tim@jacksonfree Read more local news at localnews.

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he capital city’s blight, mainly visible the group that he, along with other Jacksonin hundreds of abandoned proper- based lawmakers, would continue to meet ties, was a priority for concerned with JSU and discuss potential solutions to citizens who met with the Hinds that problem going forward. County delegation to plan legislation that Sen. John Horhn, D-Jackson, reiterwill address the needs of Jackson last week. ated the need for the State to help its capital Wide-ranging concerns, from infra- city to work on crumbling infrastructure as structure to funding public schools, were well as take responsibility for state property top of mind for people from local churches, that has since been abandoned. nonprofit and for-profit organizations who “The state should take responsibility gathered for the Nov. 21 Working Together for a good bit of the infrastructure around Jackson luncheon. where those (state) buildings are located,” Earlier this year researchers called out Horhn said. “It’s not too much to ask— blight as a primary precursor of crime in the community. “Neighborhood blight is part of the vicious cycle in Jackson; crime causes blight, and blight fosters crime,” BOTEC Analysis of Los Angeles said in a January 2016 report. Attorney General Jim Hood had successfully asked the Mississippi Legislature to fund the study of crime conditions and solutions in the capital city. In turn, Working Together Jackson members asked lawmakers to work on legislation to address blight in the upcoming session. The State of Mississippi owns many of the abandoned houses and lots in Jackson. Sen. Sollie Norwood, D-Jackson, told Working Together Jackson members that he, along with other Jackson-based Dangerous ‘Bandos’ would continue to work with Mary Jackson, who said that lawmakers, Jackson State and IHL to develop a plan abandoned houses affect her church for new dorms that was nixed this fall. across the street, asked the lawmakers to work with the Legislature to find fund- most state governments do some sort (of economic support) or do something to ing to tear those houses down. “We have all of these previously support their capital city; we need to have residential properties that were occupied our capital city supported by the state of and are now abandoned,” Jackson said Mississippi.” last week. “We are having problems with homeless population in there; we are hav- From Religion to the Flag ing problems with drug transactions taking Rep. Chris Bell, D-Jackson, reiterated place in there; and we are having problems the need for Mississippi to change its state with—at least one instance a body being flag, asking Working Together Jackson to add changing the flag as one of its legislapulled from there.” The bandos, or “traphouses,” can shel- tive priorities. The state will celebrate its biter runaway youth as well as provide havens centennial in December 2017, and several lawmakers hope to change it before then. for drug abuse and gang activity. Jackson State University owns the “That flag must be changed, and we property Jackson referenced, and the uni- need each and every one of you in this versity wants to tear down the houses and room and your friends to come out and rally against our flag,” Bell said last week. build new dormitories there instead. Working Together Jackson members The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning board nixed the plan, however, were scheduled to do presentations at the due to JSU’s poor financial conditions. luncheon, followed by responses from Jackson-based lawmakers are working on a House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, plan to revive the idea. and other Hinds County lawmakers. But Sen. Sollie Norwood, D-Jackson, told due to his schedule, Gunn asked to speak

before listening to members voice their concerns. Gunn focused on how his Christian faith affects his policymaking. “In the Bible as I understand it, there are only three institutions that God creates: marriage, the church and government,” Gunn said on Nov. 21. “There’s a reason for government—God created it for a reason.” As a leader in government, Gunn said the people he and “we” (meaning Christians) are serving people involved in a culture that Christians must understand and be concerned about in order to effectively communicate Christ’s love to “them.” “So because we love our neighbor, we have concern about the culture in which they live, and therefore we do care about the crime rate … we care about marriage, we care about abortion, we care about the well-being of our neighbor, and we want to confront the issues of the day,” Gunn said. Working Together Jackson has members of various faiths, including from Beth Israel, a Jewish congregation in Jackson responsible for building the first Jewish synagogue in Mississippi, and the International Museum of Muslim Cultures located downtown. Rep. Jarvis Dortch, D-Jackson, addressed the religious pluralism of the group at the end of the presentations when the other lawmakers responded, acknowledging the importance of being inclusive—especially when legislating. “My one year in the Legislature proved to me that most of our thinking is based on Christian faith, and there’s nothing wrong with that,” he said last week. “But we also have to look out for people who are different than us and take their lives (into consideration) and actually think about what we’re doing and how it affects them.” Speaker Gunn was the original author of House Bill 1523, the “freedom of conscience” bill that the U.S. District Court blocked from becoming law in the summer. Several Democratic lawmakers fought against the passage of the bill, citing their own faith as a basis for voting against the bill during debates on the floor. Horhn, who fought HB 1523 as a new form of Jim Crow targeting LGBT citizens, asked Working Together Jackson members to pray a mighty prayer for the state’s Legislature. The 2017 legislative session begins Jan. 3. Arielle Dreher

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ississippi is the soil of my soul. My childhood in Waynesboro gave me the foundation to grow into a decades-long career songwriter, producer, and collaborator with artists like Patti LaBelle, Natalie Cole and Aretha Franklin. I wouldn’t be the artist I am today without the great Magnolia State. That is why I’m so pained to see oppression constantly rear its head in the South. We’ve been fighting racial discrimination, poverty and antiLGBTQ oppression for decades—most recently against legislation that discriminates against the LGBTQ community. This year, North Carolina and Mississippi passed so-called “religious freedom” bills that allow businesses to refuse to serve anyone they disagree with because of religious beliefs. I can’t imagine going to sleep at night, thinking I have the right to tell someone else how to live their life. I try to treat others the way I want to be treated, and I think it’s time our elected officials do that, as well. In Georgia and North Carolina, we’ve seen corporations pressure legislators to get rid of bills that restrict the rights of LGBTQ people. It was a big victory when U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves blocked Mississippi’s law from going into effect this summer—but there’s a long way to go. The sad part is that it feels like nobody expects better from Mississippi. The attitude around the country seems to be, “Of course; business as usual,” for a state that’s been on the wrong side of history more than once. But my Mississippi is not full of hate. Some of the most incredible, loving people in the world have roots here—artists, writers, musicians, activists. America and the rest of the world may only see discrimination and oppression, a state without progress. But I know we’re better than that. As someone who knows and loves Mississippi, I cannot stand by as this pattern continues to happen. I refuse to be OK with discrimination, with hate. I refuse to be OK with, “That’s just the way it is in Mississippi.” Gov. Phil Bryant used his pen to sign HB 1523, and I used my pen to write a song expressing my sorrow. I was so upset that the song “My, My Mississippi” welled up from the depths of my soul, like an old spiritual rising up from the fields of Mississippi. “My, My Mississippi” is a calland-response song in which I ask my beloved home state, “Don’t you wanna heal your past?” It’s a song of grace and of warning: Let’s not repeat history. At the TEDWomen Conference in San Francisco in October, a choir of 160 members including the San Francisco Gay Men’s Choir and the GLIDE Memorial Methodist Church choir sang “My, My Mississippi” to tremendous response. It marked the kickoff of a campaign I’m starting with GLAAD and the Human Right Coalition, #MyMississippi, to bring national attention to legislation restricting the rights of LGBTQ people. #MyMississippi is a way for all people who have called the Magnolia State home to make their voices heard on why LGBTQ equality is important. We are inviting Mississippians to share photos, videos, artwork and messages about their hopes for Mississippi. On Dec. 11, the campaign culminates on the capitol steps in Jackson and with a march to the governor’s mansion to let Gov. Bryant and our legislators know that hate doesn’t have a place in my Mississippi. The song “My, My Mississippi” is also available for purchase on iTunes. The proceeds will benefit HRC’s Project One America, which aims to advance LGBTQ equality in the South. It is time for the amazing people in Mississippi stand up to the officials they elect and say no more. If we ever want to progress as a state, it’s time to take our brothers’ and sisters’ hands and move forward together. 14 Mississippi native Tena Clark is a composer, producer and entrepreneur. November 30 - December 6, 2016 •

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erennially, some Jackson residents show up to the Jackson City Council and ask for the right to gate their communities. The argument is that people from outside the desired gate drive too fast through them—as happens on every street—and that they want to keep the criminal element out. But if neighborhoods wish to limit traffic on their streets, then they should also forfeit their street maintenance and other city-derived benefits that taxpayers fund for public thoroughfares. Jackson is an all-in game. Crime, poverty, crumbling infrastructure, budget constraints, job growth, school performance, water quality—these issues don’t selectively affect one part of the city, one stratum of society or one economic class. The burden of the problems the city faces is ours to solve together, especially crime. The answer is not pushing it off certain streets, leaving unsightly gates that can block emergency personnel from entering the area. A gate lets people telegraph that they fear what’s on the other side—your neighbors, your city. It is a statement of resistance, denial and rejection of the responsibility inherent in the greater social contract that we agree to as fellow citizens. Crime does not appear from nowhere. It has clear, identifiable, historic roots in the socioeconomic conditions of the people who commit the offense, whether it is burglary or homicide (see jfp. ms/preventingviolence). Once we accept the assumption that crime has preventable root causes, separation through gating seems overly simplistic and indicative of a mindset that has given up on not

just Jackson but on fellow citizens. If some people want to build gates and separate themselves, that is their right. But, if they get to separate themselves and not face the consequences of living in the city with the rest of us, then they should not reap the benefits of such a shared relationship. Build your gates, then maintain your roads, fix your sewage pipes and hire your own police force. Construct a court and elect a judge. Tax your neighbors and choose who should join your collective gatherings. Liberate yourselves of the burden of social communion. If you can’t live within a community with us at our worst, then you don’t deserve us at our best, or the benefits of our shared tax dollars. Of course, gates aren’t the only options. There are many ways to fight crime that might actually get to the source of the problems, but that would mean admitting that we are all in this together. Consider the summation of independent L.A.-based research group BOTEC Analysis in its Jackson crime report, which the state Legislature funded: “Our assessment shows that Jackson is trapped in a vicious cycle. Many city residents are desperately poor and victimized by violent crime. Government fails to protect them, leading to bitterness and a perception that law enforcement is incompetent or indifferent. Children grow with little opportunity and turn to crime.” Crime will not go away if we build gates or walls. It will only fester on the other side until we all start doing our part to actually prevent it.

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XFORD—I was surrounded by staunch Democrats who knew my leftist leanings and that I wanted Bernie Sanders to win the Democratic nomination for president. The table between us was laden with drinks and food, but the air was thick with politics. One by one, they made the case about how it had to be Hillary Clinton, not a socialist-turned-Democrat like Sanders. One of them was a former Texas congressman with whom I had rarely before disagreed. “Tell me you’ll vote for Hillary if she gets the nomination,” more than one asked. It was the pressing question of the late-season Democratic primaries: Will Bernie’s troops support Hillary? I resisted answering long into the evening, but the pressure—or those drinks—finally wore me down. “Sure,” I said. “I’ll vote for her.” Cast my vote I did— holding my nose—for a seasoned politician whom deeppocketed financiers and a Democratic Party that did its best to scuttle Sanders’ primary challenge had backed, and she lost against a foot-in-the-mouth firebrand with zero political experience. On the morning after election night, having gone to bed before the final results were in, my wife Suzanne woke me with an ominous, “Joe, he won.” For 20 minutes, I tried to rouse myself into the brave new world of the Trump era. It wasn’t easy. Within 48 hours, I was reading postapocalyptic eulogies to the America that was before Nov. 8. “America died on Nov. 8, not with a bang and a whimper, but at its own hand via electoral suicide,” award-winning journalist and author Neal Gabler wrote. “We the people chose a man who has shredded our values, our morals, our compassion, our tolerance, our decency, our sense of common purpose, our very identity.” Gabler wasn’t finished. “Who knew that tens of millions of white men felt so emasculated by women and challenged by minorities?” It was ridiculous, handwringing, nearly hysterical comments like these that finally cleared my head. Look, I’ve got no illusions about Donald Trump. His promises to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure at the same time he’s going to oversee a massive tax cut to business and the wealthy ring about as true as Clinton’s election-season conversion on the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.

Trump’s treatment of his own workers and contractors put the lie to his self-proclaimed role as champion of the working class. And yes, many of those who voted for Trump are the same racists, neo-Nazis and misogynists who have crawled out from under their rocks since Election Day to taunt and threaten minorities and women. Still, Gabler and many of the antiTrump post-election protesters are wrong when they issue a blanket indictment of all Trump voters, millions of whom voted out of an economic desperation that Clintonite neoliberals ignored for too long. Those voters are not bigots. Many of them supported Obama in 2012, only to see him buddy up to the same Wall Street insiders and lousy trade deals that were part of the Clinton world. New Yorker magazine reported just before this year’s election that Wall Street exec Thomas R. Nides was positioned for a place in President Hillary Clinton’s inner circle, possibly as chief of staff. At least Trump offered the illusion of change. In the 1990s, Bill Clinton talked like a progressive, a politician who cared for the working stiff, the marginalized. Yet, as writer Ben Dickenson pointed out, “Every budget of his administration instigated Reaganite tax cuts, draconian law and order policies, privatization, and tens of billions of dollars on military spending.” With Hillary’s strong support, Bill Clinton “cut welfare spending, gave tax breaks to corporations and established trade agreements to carve up the world for U.S. business. Promised health reform was abandoned, civil liberties pegged back, and race issues were not addressed.” In Cornel West’s post-election analysis in The Guardian, he summed it up this way: “Trump’s election was enabled by the neoliberal policies of the Clintons and Obama that overlooked the plight of our most vulnerable citizens.” One of the great ironies of this election is that the now-defunct Democratic Leadership Council initially developed the Clintons’ “New Democrat” path as a means to recapture the white vote, particularly in the South. The wrongness of that path became clear on Nov. 8 of this year. The saddest news, however, is that working folks likely will still be looking for a leader four years from now, a leader who truly wants to help, and this time means it from the bottom of his or her heart.

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ver the last few months, several local businesses have popped up in the metro area that offer Jacksonians more methods to improve their health, well-being and beauty. Here are a just a few of places to stop on your way to wellness.

Jason Daniels Band), it has made its way to Midtown in the form of the couple’s new business, Jax-Zen Float (155 Wesley Ave., 601-691-1697). In the therapy, people enter a darkened tank filled with 200 gallons of water with 850 pounds of Epsom salt dissolved Imani Khayyam

Jina and Jason Daniels’ new Midtown-based business Jax-Zen Float allows customers to enter a sort of sensory-deprivation tank to undergo floatation therapy. The couple tried it for the first time in Mexico and brought it back.

floatation therapy for themselves while vacationing in Mexico and fell in love with the idea immediately, he told the Jackson Free Press. “Floatation therapy provides a unique level of relaxation that massage and anything else don’t give,” Daniels said. “I ended up using flotation therapy to relax while on tour in any city I could find it in, and when my wife and I found out that both a suitable space in Midtown, along with some tanks we could use, had become available about six weeks ago, we just went for it. This will provide Jacksonians with the perfect chance to just turn off all distractions and give their body the opportunity to truly rest.” Jax-Zen Float is open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A 90minute float session is $65. Jax-Zen Float offers a three-float package for $110 and $49-per-month membership, which includes a monthly float session with extra floats available for $49 each. For more information, visit Mani’s & Pedi’s

Beauty and style encompasses more than just skin, hair and nails. Your total well-being also has an effect on it. If you’re stressed, it’ll show. One new business hopes to take the weight off your shoulders—the weight of gravity, that is. Floatation therapy is trending across the nation, and thanks to Jina and Jason Daniels (the frontman for the

into it, allowing for an extreme amount of buoyancy. The air and water in the tank are both heated to 93 to 94 degrees, and people also wear ear plugs, which makes it seem like they’re in a zero-gravity environment. Jax-Zen Float’s website says floatation therapy helps relieve stress and fatigue, chronic pains from arthritis or other conditions, and helps improve focus and concentration. Jason and Jina got the chance to try

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Coconut oil While it’s a healthy oil to cook with, you can also use coconut oil for home beauty remedies. If you use it for treatments, make sure to choose unrefined organic coconut oil. Uses—Lotion, an eye makeup remover, shaving cream or a hair mask; you can even use a small amount of it as an anti-frizz treatment. Deep conditioner: Apply a little bit to your hair, brush the strands and pile your hair into a loose bun. Make sure to put a towel over your pillow or something over your hair while you sleep so you don’t get the oil everywhere. When you wake up, shampoo your hair as usual.


Nails are an extension of our overall health, so we should treat them well. Licensed nail technician Jolivette Wallace’s nail salon, Mani’s & Pedi’s, which she opened in October, focuses on natural nail care instead of turning to products such as acrylic nails. “Our goal here is to make sure each client leaves in love with their nails,” Wallace told the Jackson Free Press. “Our focus is on the well-being of the client, so we

Brow Bar by Incense

Kirti Naran’s shop, Incense Salon and Boutique, had been in business at the Treetops Boulevard shopping center on Lakeland Drive for 14 years. When she moved it to Dogwood Festival Market this summer, she decided to change it up a bit. The business, which is now called Brow Bar by Incense, focuses on haircuts and eyebrow styling. Stylists use a special method for eyebrows called threading, where a person uses a thin thread to shape eyebrows, which Naran says is gentler on the skin than waxing or plucking. Brow Bar by Incense (115 Laurel Park Cove, Suite 103, Flowood, 601-9330074) is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit or find Brow Bar by Incense on Facebook. Send business news tips to dustin@

hile it’s nice to get a facial or a blow-out sometimes, taking care of your skin or hair or nails doesn’t always have to be a big deal. Some ingredients you can find in your home have beauty and health benefits. Here are some of them and a few ways you can put them to use.

Apple cider vinegar It makes for great sauces, dressings and more, but it’s also handy to use in your beauty routine. Uses—Acne fighter: Wipe a vinegar-filled cotton ball across your skin. Remove buildup on your hair: Mix one cup of vinegar with one cup of water. After shampooing, pour on your head, massage it in and then let it sit for five minutes before you rinse it out. Use this treatment only once a week, though. Toner: For oily skin, mix one part vinegar and one part water, apply the solution with a cotton ball, leave it on your skin for two minutes and then rinse it off with cold water. For normal skin, use one part vinegar and two parts water, and for sensitive skin, use one part vinegar and four parts water.

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would want to be aware of any health issues that could be affected by any services, for example. We want people to love their natural nails and to educate (clients) about proper care in a compassionate environment that makes people smile.” Mani’s & Pedi’s (1051 Highland Colony Pkwy., Suite B, Ridgeland, 601-790-9074) has services for women, men and children. For children, the price starts at $18, and for adults, the price is from $30 to $65. The salon is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. On Wednesday, it closes at 6 p.m. For more information, visit

Olive oil It’s versatile in the kitchen, but it also has many uses for beauty and overall well-being. Uses—Hair mask: Warm a little olive oil in the microwave, massage it on the roots and ends, leave it in for 10 to 20 minutes and then use shampoo to remove. Lip scrub: Combine one part olive oil with one part coarse sugar, add lemon juice and then rub it on your lips. Cuticle softener: rub it on the cuticles of your nails.

Eggs While they have a sullied reputation health-wise, they’re great in the beauty department. Uses—Toning the skin: Whip an egg until it becomes frothy and then apply it to your face and neck. When it’s dry, rise it in warm water. A mask for oily hair: Whip an egg white and apply it through the strands. Leave for 30 minutes and then shampoo your hair. Firm pores and acne treatment: Separate the egg white from the yolk. Beat the egg white until it’s a foam. Apply it to a clean face and let it sit for 20 minutes. After that, rinse it off with warm water.

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Pretty Holidays by Amber Helsel

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his Christmas, don’t forget that your loved ones should feel beautiful and pampered, too. Here are some items from local stores that can help.

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Library of Flowers perfume $59.50, Fresh Ink Stephanie Johnson makeup bag $62, Fresh Ink Lumbar pack $30, Fair Trade Green Cine’ African Black Soap $17.49 a pound, Rainbow Co-Op Mississippi Bees soap $5.39, Rainbow Co-Op Mississippi Bees soap $5.39, Rainbow Co-Op

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Farms Packs, Freebies and Other Foodie News by Dustin Cardon and Amber Helsel


few changes have hit the Jackson food scene in recent months. Here is a quick catchup to make sure you foodies are in the know.

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Holidays Under the Stars is at Jackson State University.

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The MPB Dropout Prevention Forum is at 5:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Public Broadcasting Auditorium (3825 Ridgewood Road). The panel addresses the state’s current high-school dropout rate and creates evidencebased strategies to increase the graduation rate. Free; call 601-432-6267; email;

(Left to right) Frances Bordlee, Wyatt Roberson, Daniel Hines and Cannon Bosarge star in “A Christmas Story: The Musical” at New Stage Theatre.


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The World AIDS Day Observance Program is at 10 a.m. at Center Stage (1625 E. County Line Road). The observance includes a presentation, the writing and reading of names of lives lost to HIV and those living with HIV, and a release of balloons. Light the Night Christmas Parade follows at 5:30 p.m. Free; call 982-8467; email fbrewster@; … Fondren’s First Thursday is at 5 p.m. in Fondren. The monthly event features local artists, vendors, designers, live music,


The Women’s Economic Security Policy Summit is at 10 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn (235 W. Capitol St.). Author and scholar Dr. Premilla Nadasen is the speaker. Free; call 601-750-8388; email; … The 13th Annual Night of Musical Artistry is at 7 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles and Mike Burton and the Good Times Brass Band perform. Palmer Williams, of Tyler Perry’s “Love Thy Neighbor,” hosts. $40; call 877987-6487;


The Central Mississippi Record Convention is from 10 a.m. by TYLER EDWARDS to 4 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). About 20 vendors sell LPs, 45s, 78s, cassettes, CDs, vintage stereo equipment and more. Early-bird patrons enter at Fax: 601-510-9019 9 a.m. $3 admission, $5 early-bird Daily updates at admission; call 601-366-7619; … “The Nutcracker” is at 2 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). Ballet Mississippi presents a performance of classic holiday ballet. Casual attire is recommended for the Dec. 2 “Ballet, Blue Jeans & Beer” performance, which will also include a pre-show jazz performance and cash bar. Additional date: Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 4, 2 p.m. $12.50-$32.50; call 601-960-1560;


Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles perform for the 13th Annual Night of Musical Artistry on Friday, Dec. 2, at Duling Hall.

pet adoptions and more. This installment features a coat drive at Swell-O-Phonic, a performance from the Midtown Charter School Choir, the Duling Holiday Market and more. Ugly holiday sweaters and Santa outfits encouraged. 24 Free;


“Black Nativity” is at 3 p.m. at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). The Langston Hughes play features a gospel-infused musical celebration of the Christmas story. Additional dates: Dec. 1, 7 p.m., Dec. 2, 10 a.m., Dec. 3, 7 p.m. $5-$10; call 601-979-2121;


The “Spirited Away” 15th Anniversary Film Screening is at 7 p.m. at Cinemark Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). The English-dubbed version screens Sunday, Dec. 4, at noon, and the English-subtitled version screens Monday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. $11.50;


The Museum Store Holiday Open House begins at 10 a.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Authors Laurie Parker and H.C. Porter sign copies of their books from 4 to 7 p.m. Includes complimentary mimosas and holiday treats. Free; call 960-1515;


“A Christmas Story: The Musical” is at 7:30 p.m. at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). The musical follows Ralphie Parker’s quest for a Red Ryder air rifle. Additional dates: Dec. 2-3, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 4, 2 p.m., Dec. 8-11, Dec. 13, Dec. 15-18, and Dec. 20-22. $28 admission; $22 seniors/students;

Fondren’s First Thursday Dec. 1, 5 p.m., in Fondren. The monthly event features local artists, vendors, designers, live music, pet adoptions and more. This installment features a coat drive at Swell-O-Phonic, a performance from the Midtown Charter School Choir, the Duling Holiday Market and more. Ugly sweaters and Santa outfits encouraged. Free;

HOLIDAY Events at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.) • Holidays Under the Stars Dec. 1, 5:30 p.m. In Gibbs-Green Plaza. Includes crafting stations, train rides, hot cocoa, selfies with Santa, Hinds Community College Choir, the Jackson State jazz ensemble and more. Free; • “Black Nativity” Dec. 1, 7 p.m., Dec. 2, 10 a.m., Dec. 3, 7 p.m., Dec. 4, 3 p.m. The Langston Hughes play features a gospel-infused musical celebration of the Christmas story. $5-$10; call 601-979-2121; • Annual Winter Choral Concert Dec. 4, 7 p.m. In F.D. Hall Music Center. The Jackson State University choral ensemble performs Margaret Bonds and Langston Hughes’ “The Ballad of the Brown King.” Free; Snowflake Science Dec. 2, 10 a.m., at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Experiment with “hot” snow, make paper snowflakes and explore the properties of dry ice. Free; call 601-576-6000; The Township Christmas Open House Dec. 2, 5 p.m., at The Township at Colony Park (1111 Highland Colony Pkwy., Ridgeland). Shops stay open late, offer holiday specials and Santa takes photos with guests. Free; call 601-368-9950; email; The Nutcracker Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 3-4, 2 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). Ballet Mississippi presents a performance of E.T.A Hoffman’s classic holiday ballet. $12.50$32.50; call 601-960-1560; A Christmas Story: The Musical Dec. 2-3, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 4, 2 p.m., Dec. 7-10, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 11, 2 p.m., Dec. 13, Dec. 15-17, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 18, 2 p.m., Dec. 20-22, 7:30 p.m., at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). The musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie’s quest for a Red Ryder air rifle. $28; $22 seniors/students; call 601-948-3533; Mustard Seed Christmas Open House Dec. 3, 10 a.m., at The Mustard Seed (1085 Luckney Road, Brandon). The Bells of Faith perform and features a gift shop, second sale, tour of the campus, a bake sale and more. Free; call 601992-3556; The Sugar Plum Fairy’s Tea Party Dec. 3-4, noon, at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Includes a seated lunch and visits with Nutcracker characters. $35; call 601-9601500; find it on Facebook. “A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol” Dec. 3, 2:30 p.m., at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Museum Blvd.). Mother Goose tells “A Christmas Carol” featuring the Big Bad Wolf, the fairy godmother, Old King Cole, the Queen of Hearts and more. Free; call 948-3533; email sfrost@;

Sixth Annual Cookies with Santa Dec. 4, 1 p.m., at Campbell’s Bakery (3013 N. State St.). Features free milk and cookies and all proceeds benefit the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Mississippi. Free entry; call 601-362-4628;

UMMC Health Disparities Conference Dec. 1, 7 a.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Free; call 601-984-1000;

The Museum Store Holiday Open House Dec. 6, 10 a.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Authors Laurie Parker and H.C. Porter sign books from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Includes complimentary mimosas and holiday treats. Free; call 960-1515;

World AIDS Day Observance Program Dec. 1, 10 a.m., at Center Stage (1625 E. County Line Road). Includes a presentation, the writing and reading of names of lives lost to HIV, and more. Light the Night Christmas Parade at 5:30 p.m. Free; call 982-8467;



the best in sports over the next seven days by Bryan Flynn

After Southern Miss welcomed quarterback Nick Mullens back from injury, the Golden Eagles won enough to be eligible for a bowl game. USM will play in a bowl for a second consecutive year after an up-and-down season. Thursday, Dec. 1

NFL (7:25-11 p.m., NBC): Dak Prescott returns to primetime with the Dallas Cowboys, as they travel to face the Minnesota Vikings and quarterback Sam Bradford. Friday, Dec. 2

College football (8-11 p.m., FOX): Tune in for a top-10 matchup with a playoff spot on the line as Washington Huskies and Colorado Buffaloes collide in the Pac-12 Championship Game. Saturday, Dec. 3

College football (3-6:30 p.m., ESPNU): Alcorn State battles Grambling State in the SWAC Championship Game for a spot in the Celebration Bowl. Sunday, Dec. 4

NFL (noon-3:30 p.m., FOX): The New Orleans Saints will try to continue their playoff push when they host the surprising Detroit Lions.

Monday, Dec. 5

NFL (7:30-11 p.m., ESPN): On a slow sports night, catch Monday Night Football with the New York Jets hosting the Indianapolis Colts. Tuesday, Dec. 6

College basketball (6-8 p.m., WatchESPN): The USM men hit the road, looking to pull off a monumental upset against No. 25-ranked Florida State. Wednesday, Dec. 7

College basketball (6-8 p.m., ESPN2): Settle in for a real treat as the top women’s teams clash in an early season battle, when No. 2-ranked Connecticut takes on No. 1-ranked Notre Dame. While USM reached bowl eligibility with six wins, another team from our state could still go bowling. MSU’s APR score has the Bulldogs in line for a bowl after their blowout win in the Egg Bowl. Follow Bryan Flynn at, @jfpsports and at



MPB Dropout Prevention Forum Nov. 30, 5:30 p.m., at Mississippi Public Broadcasting Auditorium (3825 Ridgewood Road). The panel addresses the state’s current high-school dropout rate and creates evidence-based strategies to increase the graduation rate. Free; email shantay.;

“Spirited Away” Film Screening Dec. 4, noon, Dec. 5, 7 p.m., at Cinemark Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). The event celebrates the 15th anniversary of Hayao Miyazaki’s awardwinning film. The English-dubbed version screens Sunday, and the English-subtitled version screens Monday. $11.50;

Women’s Economic Security Policy Summit Dec. 2, 10 a.m., at Hilton Garden Inn (235 W. Capitol St.). Author and scholar Premilla Nadasen is the speaker. Free; call 750-8388; email; First Saturday Bird Walk Dec. 3, 8 a.m., at LeFleur’s Bluff State Park (2140 Riverside Drive). Jackson Audubon Society Birder Pullen Watkins leads the walk. Free, $4 for parking; call 850232-8219;

CONCERTS & FESTIVALS Chimneyville Crafts Festival Dec. 2, 11 a.m., Dec. 3, 10 a.m., at Mississippi Trademart Center (1200 Mississippi St.). More than 170 artists and craftmakers sell traditional and contemporary craft works in wood, pottery, glass, fiber, metal, basketry, jewelry and more. $10; call 601-9536777;

Events at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.) • 13th Annual Night of Musical Artistry Dec. 2, 7 p.m. Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles and Mike Burton and the Good Times Brass Band perform. Palmer Williams, of Tyler Perry’s “Love Thy Neighbor,” hosts. $40; call 877-987-6487; • Central Mississippi Record Convention Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. About 20 vendors sell LPs, 45s, 78s, cassettes, CDs, vintage stereo equipment and more. Early-bird patrons enter at 9 a.m. $3 admission, $5 early-bird admission; call 601-366-7619; Music in the City and Lighting of the Bethlehem Tree Dec. 6, 5:30 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Shawn Leopard, Mary Lou Lowe, Tom Lowe and John Paul perform seasonal hymns, carols and Medieval Christmas music. Free; call 601960-1515;

LITERATURE & SIGNINGS “The Mississippi Book of Quotations” Nov. 30, 5 p.m., at Eudora Welty House (1119 Pinehurst St.). David Crews signs copies. $24.95 book; call 601-366-7619; “The Land of Rowan Oak” Dec. 1, 11:30 a.m., at St. James’ Episcopal Church (3921 Oakridge Drive). Ed Croom speaks on his new book. Includes a lunch buffet. $8 admission; call 601982-4880; Events at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202) • “The Infinite” Dec. 2, 5:30 p.m. Nicholas Mainieri signs copies. Reading at 5:30. $15.99 book; call 601-366-7619; • “Little Stories” Dec. 3, 11 a.m. Malcolm White signs copies. $34.95 book; call 601366-7619; • “Life Is Gift: Remembrances of John Rowan Claypool IV” Dec. 3, 1 p.m. Carolyn Ratliff signs copies. $35.00 book; call 601-366-7619;

CREATIVE CLASSES Yarnworks Family Craft Nov. 30, 4:30 p.m., at Elsie E. Jurgens Library (397 Highway 51, Ridgeland). Participants make yarn projects for gifts, wrappings supplies and light refreshments provided. Free; call 601-856-4536; Writing to Change the World Jan. 7, Jan. 21, Feb. 4, Feb. 25, March 4, noon-2:30 p.m. Donna Ladd’s non-fiction writing series is back. $350 includes freelance workshop; CyberWeek deal is $245 til midnight Dec. 2. Write class@; see

EXHIBIT OPENINGS Coalition Torchbearers Celebration Dec. 1, 5:30 p.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Includes art exhibits, food, drinks and music from guitarist Barry Leach. $40; call 969-0601; email; Check for updates and more listings, or to add your own events online. You can also email event details to to be added to the calendar. The deadline is noon the Wednesday prior to the week of publication.

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hen Jay Ferchaud returned my call on a Friday in October, he was equal parts apologetic and ecstatic. Just before our scheduled interview, he learned that a store in Arkansas had purchased a record collection that one man amassed over 30 years, and there was a lost gem that Ferchaud just couldn’t pass up. “I’ve been looking for this one for a while,” he said after calling back a few minutes later. “It’s a band called Toe Fat. They were a British hard-rock band, and they had connections to another band called Uriah Heep. I had a sealed copy of their second album, and I’ve been dying trying to find their first one.” Collecting vinyl has been Ferchaud’s passion for most of his life, starting when his grandmother would buy him Beatles records from the train station growing up. In the late 1960s, his family moved from Chicago to Pascagoula, Miss., where he got a job in high school to continue building his collection of rock albums. “Whoever knew they would turn out to be a love and a hobby in a big way?” he says. “I don’t have as many records as a lot of these guys do. I probably have 3,000 or 4,000 in my collection, but you hear of these collections with 15,000 or 100,000, and it’s like, ‘Wow. How do they even have room for this?’ But I love music, I’ve always loved music, and it’s fun to do research on these bands and find out what other bands (musicians) have been in.” For several years, Ferchaud and his friend Dale Nutt attended Offbeat owner Phillip Rollins’ record swap series, 4 the

Record, at the North Midtown Arts Center until Rollins discontinued it in 2014. After a year without a record show in Jackson, Ferchaud and Nutt decided to organize their own, launching the inaugural Central Mississippi Record Convention in December 2015. Following a successful first year, the convention is growing even larger for its 2016 iteration. About 20 vendors from all around the South will be rolling into Duling Hall on Saturday, Dec. 3, bringing vintage vinyl, cassettes, CDs and other assorted products for music fans to check out. Even with the popularity of shopping online and downloading music, Ferchaud says record shows like CMRC are still valuable as a unique shopping experience and an opportunity to unite people with a shared passion. While many attendees are on quests to find original vinyl pressings of their favorite albums, he says hundreds of young collectors and first-time vinyl buyers come out to the convention, as well. “You can find anything at the show from a dollar on up to what I collect, the more expensive stuff,” Ferchaud says. “For anybody who wants to hold and have the real thing, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to do it.” The Central Mississippi Record Convention is from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Admission is $3 per person. Early-bird admission is $5 per person and allows patrons to enter at 9 a.m. For more information, visit

Music listings are due noon Monday to be included in print and online listings:

Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Fitzgerald’s - Sonny Brooks & Don Grant 7:30 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - Taylor Hildebrand free Jackson State University - African Drum & Dance Ensemble 7 p.m. Kathryn’s - Jeff Maddox 6:30 p.m. free Kemistry - Open Mic Night 9 p.m. 601-665-2073 Martin’s - Muuy Biien w/ Spacewolf 9 p.m. Pelican Cove - Stevie Cain 5 p.m. Shucker’s - Lovin Ledbetter 7:30 p.m. free

DEC. 1 - THURSDAY Big Sleepy’s - Alex Fraser & the Vagrant Family Band, Standard Issues & The Ellie Badge 8 p.m. $5 all ages Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Fenian’s - Emerald Accent 8 p.m. Fitzgerald’s - Doug Hurd, Hunter Gibson & Chris Link 7:30 p.m. Georgia Blue, Flowood - Brandon Greer Georgia Blue, Madison - Jason Turner Hal & Mal’s - Jerry Brooks Duo free Hops & Habanas, Fondren - Clouds & Crayons, Maya Kyles & Becca Rose 5-10 p.m. free Iron Horse Grill - Jimmy “Duck” Holmes 6 p.m. Kathryn’s - The Owen Brothers 6:30 p.m. free Pelican Cove - Aaron Coker 6 p.m. Sylvia’s - Thursday Night Live feat. The Blues Man & Sunshine McGhee 9 p.m. free

DEC. 2 - FRIDAY Ameristar Bottleneck Blues Bar, Vicksburg - B.B. Secrist 8 p.m. free Big Sleepy’s - Swear Tapes & Holy Vision 8:30 p.m. $5 all ages Burgers & Blues - Acoustic Crossroads Char - Ronnie Brown 6 p.m. Duling Hall - Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles w/ Mike Burton & the Good Times Brass Band 7 p.m. $40 F. Jones Corner - Jamell Richardson midnight $10 Fitzgerald’s - Ronnie McGee, Roberto Moreira & TJ Hall 7:30 p.m. Georgia Blue, Flowood - Kevin Ace Robinson Georgia Blue, Madison - Shaun Patterson

Hal & Mal’s - Swing de Paris (rest) free; Jason Turner Album Release 8 p.m. $5 admission $15 w/ CD Highland Village - Oh Jeremiah w/ string quartet 7 p.m. Iron Horse Grill - Juju Child 9 p.m. Kathryn’s - Travelin’ Jane 7 p.m. free M Bar - Flirt Fridays feat. DJ 901 free Martin’s - John Papa Gros 10 p.m. Pelican Cove - 3 Hour Tour 6 p.m. Pop’s Saloon - Miles Flatt 9 p.m. Reed Pierce’s, Byram - Snazz 9 p.m. free Shucker’s - Sid Thompson & DoubleShotz 5:30-9:30 p.m. WonderLust - DJ Taboo 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

DEC. 3 - SATURDAY Ameristar Bottleneck Blues Bar, Vicksburg - B.B. Secrist 8 p.m. free Big Sleepy’s - Sk8 Park Fundrazor feat. Curse of the Billy Goats, Table Manners, Stonewalls & Lisbon Deaths 8 p.m. $5

Soulshine, Flowood - Crooked Creek 7 p.m. free WonderLust - Drag Performance & Dance Party feat. DJ Taboo 8 p.m.-3 a.m. free before 10 p.m.

DEC. 4 - SUNDAY Char - Big Easy Three 11 a.m.; Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. F.D. Hall Music Center - JSU Choir’s Annual Winter Choral Concert 7 p.m. free The Hideaway - Mike & Marty’s Jam Session Kathryn’s - Kern Pratt 6 p.m. free Pelican Cove - Rocking the Keys 4 p.m.; Will & Linda 6 p.m. Sombra Mexican Kitchen - John Mora 11 a.m. Wellington’s - Andy Hardwick 11 a.m.

DEC. 5 - MONDAY Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - Central MS Blues Society (rest) 7 p.m. Kathryn’s - Barry Leach 6:30 p.m. free


Clouds & Crayons Burgers & Blues - Hunter Gibson & Chris Link F. Jones Corner - Big Money Mel & Small Change Wayne 10 p.m. $1; Jamell Richardson midnight $10 Georgia Blue, Flowood - Jason Turner Georgia Blue, Madison - Jim Tomlinson Hal & Mal’s - Stevie Cain free The Hideaway - Jason Miller Band 9 p.m. $10 Iron Horse Grill - 19th Street Red 9 p.m. Kathryn’s - Steel Country 7 p.m. free Last Call Sports Grill - DJ Finesse 9 p.m. Martin’s - Cloud Wars 10 p.m. Pelican Cove - May Day 6 p.m. Pop’s Saloon - Dr. Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster 9 p.m. Reed Pierce’s, Byram - HashTag South 9 p.m. free Soul Wired - The Love Jones Poetry feat. AJ Houston & Mac Music 10 p.m.

Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Fenian’s - Open Mic Fitzgerald’s - Sonny Brooks & Don Grant 7:30 p.m. Kathryn’s - Robin Blakeney 6:30 p.m. free Last Call Sports Grill - Top-Shelf Tuesdays feat. DJ Spoon 9 p.m. Margarita’s - John Mora 6 p.m. MS Museum of Art - Music in the City & Lighting of the Bethlehem Tree feat. Shawn Leopard, Mary Lou Lowe, Tom Lowe & John Paul 5:30 p.m. free

DEC. 7 - WEDNESDAY Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Fitzgerald’s - Johnny Crocker 7:30 p.m. Kathryn’s - Larry Brewer & Doug Hurd 6:30 p.m. free Kemistry - Open Mic Night 9 p.m. 601-665-2073 Pelican Cove - Stevie Cain 6 p.m.






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34 Nestle Purina Petcare line 35 Org. that recognizes the Ricoh Women’s British Open 36 “If You’ll Let This Fool Back In” singer Greenwood 39 Perform perfectly 40 Part of a late-night noise complaint, maybe 41 Lamented loudly

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1 Versifier, archaically 6 Pharisee whose meeting with Jesus inspired the phrase “born again” 15 Florida lizard 16 Still 17 Not going anywhere 18 Docked 19 Right a wrong 20 Comedian with an eponymous show on Adult Swim 21 Trap bait 22 Busted


23 Show on Showtime, for instance 24 Officially approved, as a campus 26 Numerical IDs 27 Shape-saving inserts 28 Bond maker 29 Birth announcement abbr. 30 Roman numeral that almost spells a man’s name 31 Reed evoked in “Eats, Shoots & Leaves” 35 Bridges in Hollywood 37 Hebrew song whose title is a repeated name 38 Dove

1 Some hotels 2 Company that burns down at the end of “Office Space” 3 Country on the Strait of Gibraltar 4 1968 hit for the Turtles 5 Photoshop feature that remedies some flash effects 6 Table linens 7 Go over 8 A few pointers to check during an exam? 9 Tripping 10 McDermott of “American Horror Story” 11 Oscar-winning role for Julia 12 CX-5 or CX-9, e.g. 13 IUD component 14 Some ceremonial dinners 25 Shipmate of Hermes and Fry 26 Analog computers once used for trigonometry 28 Ester found in vegetable oils and animal fats 30 Strong position until 2014 31 “Hell if I know” 32 Fact-finder’s volume 33 Friend’s address in Acapulco?

BY MATT JONES Last Week’s Answers

“TV Sudoku” Solve this as you would a regular sudoku, except using the nine given letters instead of numbers. When you’re done, each row, column, and 3x3 box will contain each of the nine given letters exactly one time. In addition, one row or column will reveal, either backward or forward, the name of a TV show.

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

A journalist dared composer John Cage to “summarize himself in a nutshell.� Cage said, “Get yourself out of whatever cage you find yourself in.� He might have added, “Avoid the nutshells that anyone tries to put you in.� This is always fun work to attend to, of course, but I especially recommend it to you Sagittarians right now. You’re in the time of year that’s close to the moment when you first barged out of your mom’s womb, where you had been housed for months. The coming weeks will be an excellent phase to attempt a similar if somewhat less extravagant trick.

Hundreds of years ago, the Catholic Church’s observance of Lent imposed a heavy burden. During this six-week period that extended from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, believers were expected to cleanse their sins through acts of self-denial. For example, they weren’t supposed to eat meat on Fridays. Their menus could include fish, however. And this loophole was expanded even further in the 17th century when the Church redefined beavers as being fish. (They swim well, after all.) I’m in favor of you contemplating a new loophole in regard to your own self-limiting behaviors, Capricorn. Is there a taboo you observe that no longer makes perfect sense? Out of habit, do you deny yourself a pleasure or indulgence that might actually be good for you? Wriggle free of the constraints.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):

“The Pacific Ocean was overflowing the borders of the map,� wrote Pablo Neruda in his poem “The Sea.� “There was no place to put it,� he continued. “It was so large, wild and blue that it didn’t fit anywhere. That’s why it was left in front of my window.� This passage is a lyrical approximation of what your life could be like in 2017. In other words, lavish, elemental, expansive experiences will be steadily available to you. Adventures that may have seemed impossibly big and unwieldy in the past will be just the right size. And it all begins soon.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):

“I have a deep fear of being too much,� writes poet Michelle K. “That one day I will find my someone, and they will realize that I am a hurricane. That they will step back and be intimidated by my muchness.� Given the recent astrological omens, Pisces, I wouldn’t be shocked if you’ve been having similar feelings. But now here’s the good news: Given the astrological omens of the next nine months, I suspect the odds will be higher than usual that you’ll encounter brave souls who’ll be able to handle your muchness. They may or may not be soulmates or your oneand-only. I suggest you welcome them as they are, with all of their muchness.

ARIES (March 21-April 19):

“I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow,� wrote naturalist Henry David Thoreau in “Walden,� “to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines.� I’d love to see you summon that level of commitment to your important rendezvous in the coming weeks, Aries. Please keep in mind, though, that your “most important rendezvous� are more likely to be with wild things, unruly wisdom or primal breakthroughs than with pillars of stability, committee meetings and business-as-usual.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20):

For you Tauruses, December is “I Accept and Love and Celebrate Myself Exactly How I Am Right Now� Month. To galvanize yourself, play around with this declaration by Oscar-winning Taurus actress Audrey Hepburn: “I’m a long way from the human being I’d like to be, but I’ve decided I’m not so bad after all.� Here are other thoughts to draw on during the festivities: 1. “If you aren’t good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone.� —Barbara De Angelis. 2. “The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else.� —E. E. Cummings. 3. “To accept ourselves as we are means to value our imperfections as much as our perfections.� —Sandra Bierig. 4. “We cannot change anything until we accept it.� —Carl Jung.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20):

Are your collaborative projects (including the romantic kind) evolving at a slower pace than you expected? Have they not grown as deep and strong as you’ve wished they would? If so, I hope you’re perturbed about it. Maybe that will motivate you to stop tolerating the stagnation. Here’s my recommendation: Don’t adopt a more serious and intense attitude. Instead, get loose and frisky. Inject a dose of blithe spirits into your togetherness, maybe even some highjinks and rowdy experimentation. The cosmos has authorized you to initiate ingenious surprises.

CANCER (June 21-July 22):

I don’t recommend that you buy a cat-o’-nine-tails and whip yourself in a misguided effort to exorcize your demons. The truth is, those insidious troublemakers exult when you abuse yourself. They draw perverse sustenance from it. In fact, their strategy is to fool you into treating yourself badly. So, no. If you hope to drive away the saboteurs huddled in the sacred temple of your psyche, your best bet is to shower yourself with tender care, even luxurious blessings. The pests won’t like that, and—if you commit to this crusade for an extended time—they will eventually flee.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22):

Nobel Prize-winning novelist Gabriel GarcĂ­a MĂĄrquez loved yellow roses. He often had a fresh bloom on his writing desk as he worked, placed there every morning by his wife Mercedes Barcha. In accordance with the astrological omens, I invite you to consider initiating a comparable ritual. Is there a touch of beauty you would like to inspire you on a regular basis? It there a poetic gesture you could faithfully perform for a person you love?


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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):

“For a year I watched as something entered and then left my body,� testified Jane Hirshfield in her poem “The Envoy.� What was that mysterious something? Terror or happiness? She didn’t know. Nor could she decipher “how it came in� or “how it went out.� It hovered “where words could not reach it. It slept where light could not go.� Her experience led her to conclude that “There are openings in our lives of which we know nothing.� I bring this meditation to your attention, Virgo, because I suspect you are about to tune in to a mysterious opening. But unlike Hirshfield, I think you’ll figure out what it is. And then you will respond to it with verve and intelligence.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):

A reporter at the magazine Vanity Fair asked David Bowie, “What do you consider your greatest achievement?� Bowie didn’t name any of his albums, videos or performances. Rather, he answered, “Discovering morning.� I suspect that you Libras will attract and generate marvels if you experiment with accomplishments like that in the coming weeks. So yes, try to discover or rediscover morning. Delve into the thrills of beginnings. Magnify your appreciation for natural wonders that you usually take for granted. Be seduced by sources that emanate light and heat. Gravitate toward what’s fresh, blossoming, just-in-its-early-stages.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):

According to traditional astrology, you Scorpios are not prone to optimism. You’re more often portrayed as connoisseurs of smoldering enigmas and shadowy intrigue and deep questions. But one of the most creative and successful Scorpios of the 20th century did not completely fit this description. French artist Claude Monet was renowned for his delightful paintings of sensuous outdoor landscapes. “Every day I discover even more beautiful things,� he testified. “It is intoxicating me, and I want to paint it all. My head is bursting.� Monet is your patron saint in the coming weeks. You will have more potential to see as he did than you’ve had in a long time.

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